This weekend, Portlanders are taking to the streets in celebration of yarn during the Rose City Yarn Crawl. Stitchers will spend 4-days traveling to and from the 10 participating local yarn shops where they will explore trunk shows, participate in special events, and buy lots and lots of yarn. And thanks to a heap of designers, they will also discover new things to knit. Not only did each shop release 1 or 2 new patterns specifically for the Crawl, but independent designers also released new patterns to celebrate. Since most of us can’t be in Portland this weekend, we’re dedicating our Cast On Friday to just a few of the new patterns making their debut, but you can take a peek at all the patterns in the Crawl’s A Walk In The Park pattern collection available on Ravelry. Now you can have a taste of the Rose City Yarn Crawl experience from afar.

Soldonta Crop by Caitlin Hunter

Made in support of House of a la Mode and the LYS Knotty Lamb, Soldonta is a DK weight sweater that is knit top down and features Boyland Knitworks‘ signature all-over, stranded colorwork. While the sample is cropped and with short sleeves, the pattern includes instructions to lengthen the sweater to fit your own personal style.

The sweater offers 7 adult sizing options and suggests using House of a la Mode’s House DK and House Tweed DK.

The Moon and Other Satellites by Larissa Browning

Part of the Crawl’s official “A Walk In The Park” pattern collection, this half-circle shawl from Portland-based designer Larissa Brown was created specifically for LYS Twisted.  Calling for 4 colors of fingering weight yarn, this shawl is worked from the top down and features several different stitch patterns to keep your needles happily clicking along.

This shawl comes in one-size and the designer suggests Socks That Rock from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.


Brioche and color lover Knit Graffiti created this rectangular shawl for LYS Starlight Knitting Society using 3 colors of fingering weight yarn. Knit on the bias, this shawl combines wandering brioche patterns, striped color, and tons of smooshy texture.

This one-size-fits-all shawl is a journey with its called for 1330 yards of yarn, but worth every stitch once you wrap yourself in its coziness. The designer suggests Smooth Sock from Junk Yarn to knit this shawl.


Designed by Portlander Mara Catherine Bryner, this shawl might be rectangular in shape, but the stitch pattern gives it a bit of a semi-circle vibe. With slipped stitches and eyelets, this shawl has texture and unique visual appeal that will have you wanting to wear it with everything.

This shawl is knit with 3 colors of fingering weight yarn and the designer suggests Smooth Sock from Junk Yarn.